WVIK News Focus: Lead Poisoning in Bald Eagles, LISTEN

June  10, 2014

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Federal wildlife officials are worried about eagles dying from eating particles of lead from bullets used to kill deer.  Ed Britton is the District Manager of the Savanna District of the Upper Mississippi River US Wildlife and Fish Refuge. This month, his office and three others will host four meetings to tell people about the link between lead ammunition and lead poisoning in bald eagles. The first will be held tonight in Thomson, IL.  On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill reports.

Tonight's National Fish and Wildlife Refuge meeting will run from 6-8 at the refuge visitors center on Riverview Road in Thomson. Other meetings will be held on Thursday in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, then next week in Winona, Minnesota, and Onalaska, Wisconsin. Click HERE for details about the meetings.

(A total of 168 dead bald eagles were collected from the Upper Midwest for a lead exposure study. Photo credit: USFWS)